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A chilly bike ride for a good cause

Al Edenloff | Echo Press John Aarhus (left) and Craig Molstad completed a 60-mile trip on a 1947 bicycle to raise money for the Wadena tornado relief effort.

Two guys on a mission for good rolled through Alexandria Monday on a 1947 Monark bicycle.

They took turns riding the antique bike, which they had rescued from a landfill, and completed a blustery 60-mile trip that started near Fergus Falls.

The brave cyclists were Craig Molstad, executive director of the Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity and John Aarhus, coordinator with Habitat's Re-Store.

They called their adventure the "Habitat 500" - not for the miles they covered but for their combined weight.

They accepted per-mile pledges to raise money for Habitat for Humanity's tornado relief effort for Wadena.

Habitat has been active in the recovery, shipping 3,000 feet of tile, 2,000 feet of laminate flooring and dozens of windows and doors to replace housing materials that were lost in the June 17 tornado.

Molstad and Aarhus were chilled to the bone by the time they stopped in Alexandria but they deemed their trek along the Central Lakes Trail a success.

Somewhere along the way, they lost a small headlamp that was attached to the bicycle but they gained a memorable experience of a late-November bicycle ride that raised funds for people who need the help.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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